U.S. Senate Approves Billion Dollar Aid Package For Haiti

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CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Weds. May 26, 2010: The US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday approved a two billion dollar aid package to support reconstruction in Haiti.

The legislation directs the US Agency for International Development to establish a `comprehensive rebuilding and development strategy for Haiti` and calls for the appointment of a senior coordinator to oversee US policy towards Haiti.

The bill, proposed by committee chairman Senator John Kerry and his Republican colleague Bob Corker, would distribute the funds over two years to help reconstruction in coordination with Haiti`s government.

The plan must now go to the full Senate and the House of Representatives for approval, Congress would receive a first report on a strategy for disbursement of the aid 90 days after the bill was signed into law, and annually thereafter.

The January 12th earthquake hit Haiti and killed between 250,000 and 300,000 people and left more than 1.3 million Haitians homeless.

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